Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1938. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 325 pages; VG/none; in publisher's black cloth, yellow titling; mild rubbing; minor tape remnants to free endpapers; gutter slightly visible on half-title; lacking scarce dust jacket; no bookplates or previous ownership markings;
Inscribed on dedication page by J. Edgar Hoover, Clyde Tolson, and Courtney Riley Cooper. "To Anita Sheaffer With best wishes and appreciation 2/3/38 J. Edgar Hoover", "Sincerely - Clyde A. Tolson 2/4/38", "Me too! Courtney Riley Cooper";
GM consignment; shelved case 5.
Shelved Dupont Bookstore
Inscribed to a member of the FBI secretarial pool, this unique association copy ties together three of the most powerful and well informed members of the mid-century American law enforcement and security community.
Clyde Tolson, the Associate Director of the FBI from 1930 until 1972 and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's top deputy, was the First Associate Director, serving for 42 years, nearly half of the FBI's existence. He was also widely rumored to have both a romantic and sexual relationship with Hoover.
Courtney Riley Cooper's work was much admired by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who once said he is "the best informed man on crime in the U. S." — even allowing Cooper access to FBI case files. Cooper is widely believed to have ghostwritten "Persons in Hiding" as well as a number of magazine articles for Hoover. A 1936 newspaper article in the Chicago Daily Tribune identified Cooper as one of Hoover's few close personal friends, along with Clyde Tolson,